On This Day in Wrestling…October 12th

On this day in wrestling history, one of the finest wrestlers of all time won his first WWE World Title…And it wasn’t even on TV!

Bret Hart & Ric Flair

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1992 – Bret Hart won his first WWE World Title from Ric Flair in Saskatoon at a TV taping for episodes of WWF Superstars and Prime Time Wrestling that aired across late October and November. The match itself never aired on television, only on Colisum Video VHS release. The tapings focused on promoting the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view, and featured the TV debuts of Yokozuna, and The Headshrinkers as well as an Intercontinental title match between the British Bulldog and The Repo Man. Marty Jannetty also made a surprise return and revenge attack on Shawn Michaels after their split almost a year earlier on The Barber Shop interview segment. Also, Money Inc (Ted DiBiase and IRS) defended their newly-won back Tag Team titles against High Energy (Owen Hart and Koko B. Ware).  Even though Money Inc were acknowledged at these tapings as the Tag Team Champions, they did not win the titles until the following night’s tapings for Wrestling Challenge in nearby Regina in Saskatchewan.

1998 – On WCW Monday Nitro from the United Center in Chicago the war between Eric Bishoff and The Four Horseman escalated, Goldberg had the biggest test of his undefeated streak when defeated The Giant.  And in the main event Sting and The Warrior took on New World Order members Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart.

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1998 – On the go-home edition of WWE Raw from the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island for the Judgement Day PPV, the New Age Outlaws successfully defended the WWF World Tag Team Titles against LOD 2000 (Droz and Animal), Goldust and the Big Boss Man returned to WWE TV, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock faced The Undertaker and Kane in the main event, and Ken Shamrock won the vacated Intercontinental title in a one night tournament, defeating X-Pac in the final.

1999 – Two title changes took place at the WWE Smackdown taping in Birmingham, Alabama when the Big Boss Man defeated Al Snow and The Big Show in a triple threat match for the Hardcore title, and The Rock & Mankind defeated The New Age Outlaws for the Tag Team titles.

2004 – At the SmackDown taping at the Manchester Arena in England Rey Mysterio won an 18-man Battle Royale, and WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield defeated Hardcore Holly.

2008 – The Academy Award nominated film ‘The Wrestler’ starring Mickey Rourke had its first public screening, at the New York Film Festival.

2009 – On WWE Raw from Indianapolis problems arose within Legacy when WWE Champion Randy Orton teamed up with John Cena to take on Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr, and The Big Show faced his Unified WWE Tag Team Championship partner Chris Jericho from Smackdown for a spot on Team Raw at the upcoming pay-per-view Bragging Rights.

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2015 – WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins is forced to take on Demon Kane in a Lumberjack match ahead of their pay-per-view title match at Hell In A Cell.  Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose lost to The New Day, Roman Reigns faced the new Wyatt Family member Braun Strowman, and John Cena issued another Open Challenge for the United States Championship which was answered, unsuccessfully, by Dolph Ziggler.

2019 – At ROH Glory by Honor in New Orleans Silas Young won a battle royal to face ROH World Champion Rush later in the show. PCO defeated Dalton Castle in a Final Battle number one contenders semi-final match and Marty Scurll won the other semi-final match. PCO would go on to defeat Scrull to become the number one contender.  Rush retained the ROH World Championship against Silas Young in the main event.

Notable Wrestling Personalities Born On This Day:

  • Rodney Mack (1970)
  • Dusty Rhodes (1945)

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